Finally we have a warm week and it feels like summer is here. But for more than 15,000,000 people in the UK suffering with hay fever it's all about sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. To help those of you suffering in the sun, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for battling those itchy eyes:
· Firstly, the pollen count is usually at its highest early in the morning and again in the evenings. You can download a free NHS pollen count app to keep informed. Stay indoors with windows closed if possible. Make sure that your car’s air conditioning is fitted with a pollen filter too.
· It's been proven that pollen can also stick to your hair and clothing, so give your outdoor clothes a really good shake when you come back home (and before you go through the door!), and wash your hair regularly.
· To protect your eyes from pollen, and also harmful UV rays, a pair of wrap around style sunglasses can come in handy.
· To reduce symptoms, take a daily non-sedating anti-histamine tablet. You can also get a steroid nasal spray from your doctor to prevent inflammation in the nasal passages. Rubbing Vaseline at the entrance to your nostrils can also help to trap pollen.
· Ask your GP for a prescription for anti-inflammatory eye drops to beat the itchy eyes and reduce streaming. A steroid tablet can also be prescribed for more severe symptoms.
· Remember that your lifestyle can also affect how severe your hay fever symptoms are. So eat well, sleep and exercise more, cut down on alcohol and reduce your stress level.